Graduation Year

2013

Location

Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

9-4-2011 2:35 PM

End Date

9-4-2011 3:35 PM

Description

We present VR photometric observations of several Trojan asteroids and of asteroid 5209 1 989 CW1. Trojan Asteroids are found in the L4 and L5 stable Lagrange points of Jupiter's orbit. These asteroids are farther away and generally more dim than Main Belt asteroids and have received less attention from observers in the past. By plotting the lightcurve of the asteroid, we were able to determine the rotation period and the lightcurve amplitude. The goal of this research is to eventually understand the collision history of the Trojan asteroids and to compare the asteroids to those in the Main Belt. Observations were made using the 3 I -inch telescope at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ during the months of January and February of 20 11. Our results will be compared with previous work by other authors.

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Apr 9th, 2:35 PM Apr 9th, 3:35 PM

Rotational Properties of Trojan Asteroid 5209

Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

We present VR photometric observations of several Trojan asteroids and of asteroid 5209 1 989 CW1. Trojan Asteroids are found in the L4 and L5 stable Lagrange points of Jupiter's orbit. These asteroids are farther away and generally more dim than Main Belt asteroids and have received less attention from observers in the past. By plotting the lightcurve of the asteroid, we were able to determine the rotation period and the lightcurve amplitude. The goal of this research is to eventually understand the collision history of the Trojan asteroids and to compare the asteroids to those in the Main Belt. Observations were made using the 3 I -inch telescope at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ during the months of January and February of 20 11. Our results will be compared with previous work by other authors.